Tushar Joshi (BOMBAY TIMES; February 19, 2012)
After dancing to the tunes of Ooh La La as the south siren Silk Smitha in The Dirty Picture, Vidya Balan has now donned a Maharashtrian avatar for a traditional lavani number called Mala Jau De! in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Ferrari Ki Sawaari. This is Balan’s first item song and she spent over three weeks rehearsing for it with a local troupe from Kolhapur.
Not wanting to make it a typical Bollywood dance number, director Rajesh Mapuskar was adamant that Vidya work with authentic folk dancers, who even choreographed the number. A source reveals, “Vidya was very excited as she’s never done a lavani song before. Naturally, this was new ground for her. She took a lot of interest in everything, from how to wear the traditional sari and accessories to learning the steps and nuances correctly.”
The dancers from Kolhapur are custodians of the art form and have kept the tradition alive by passing it down several generations. Mala Jau De! was shot over a period of three days and Vidya didn’t take long to get the facial expressions and movements right. “She is very proud of the song and can’t wait for everyone to see it,” adds the source.